_- A buckskin sold for a dollar, thus a buck was born.
- In 1778, Daniel Boone was arrested because some thought him a British Spy. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, he deliberately exposed himself (no, not that way) to smallpox.
- Truth is, Buffalo Bill was a popular nickname in the Old West. Please, make sure you track down the right when when writing about him.
- By most accounts, Thomas Edison was a slob. A good one, too.
- Those large termites known as soldiers cannot feed themselves. Now I feel sorry for them.
- Magnets, attached to cats, thrown off their navigational skills, so stop it right now.
- I can burn one calorie a minute while I sleep. So I sleep for 250 hours when I can.
- A Eurasian beaver rarely builds a dam or gives one, either. Now, have you ever seen a Eurasian beaver? Let's move on.
- Ben Franklin was in Europe when the Tea Party took place.
- Nostradamus and his writings indicate Napoleon as the first anti-christ. The second would be Napoleon Dynamite for thinking his hijinks would last.
- When Sir Walter Raleigh lit up a bit of tobacco in front of the queen, he came into quite a drenching. They di think he was on fire.
- In the Middle Ages, baths were taken by doctor's request. I request the same thing daily to my Uncle Willie. I just wished he would listen.
- Chopin hated the number seven. Not the movie, just the number.
- Fiddler back in the day, whatever that means, were fit because of tall that fiddling. Therefore, they were "fit as a fiddle."
- In London, the word bug refers to bedbugs - - all the others are insects. Is this still true?
- The pineapple was not originally native to Hawaii. As for those tiny bubbles, we are still checking.
- A male swan could be called a cob, sans the corn on the ...this item got away from me somehow.
- Oh, you may have heard that the flounder has both eyes on the same side of its head, but so does the halibut. Furthermore, you may have heard that the halibut has both eyes on the same side of its head, but so does the flounder. Huh?
- The first person to go over Niagara Falls was a woman, that is well documented. But, she could not swim. She did survive, unlike my Aunt Wilma, who could swim, ate her vegetables, and ate fish. She did all the right things, but Niagara got her. She slipped taking a photo of someone going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
- As for mammals, true flight goes to the bat. The others, they glide. Let's hear it for the bats.
- Dr. David Livingston, I presume, was embalmed with sand. Oh, his heart was buried under a tree.
- Folks in Maine celebrated Thanksgiving before the Pilgrims and they had turkey. The Pilgrims did not. The ones who talk and hear about did not, that is.
- Barbers did indeed exist in Biblical times. It strikes me odd to say Biblical times. What? Forget that, now?
- Apple seeds are not the only thing Johnny Appleseed went around planting and throwing about.
- There is a legend out there that doesn't get much coverage, especially in February. That would be, groundhogs are actually afraid of their shadows.
- Kangaroos keep growing throughout their entire lives.
- Sometimes, when it rains, a camel will run and never come back.
- A parasite wasp is about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. No, make it this one. OK, try this one. Enough.
- The skin of the hippo weighs half a ton. No wonder why it sinks to the bottom and feeds. Baby hippos will swim before they walk. Someone who knows such things has told me the longest hippo fight on record was 8 hours.
- Short-term memory is at its best from 9-10 a.m. What? I didn't catch that. Ask me again later.
- The rhino charges many things for a reason we may not understand. They have bad eyesight. On second thought, we do understand, I'm guessing.
- Nothing is ever at rest. Nothing, ever.
- The force of gravity pulls all of us toward the center of the Earth. Let's journey, shall we? Nice stretch to get to "Journey to the Center of the Earth" in this item.
- If we did not produces saliva, we would not taste anything.
For years I had a weekly trivia column published in The Big E, the product I ran and wrote for Sauk Valley Newspapers. Before that I was a researcher for L.M. Boyd and his Crown Syndicate and for other syndications as well. Two of them were Sports Features Syndicate and World Features.